There is no such things as stress-free holidays, but ONE gift I gave to myself this year is a KAPER chart for food chores. With a big family and busy schedules, it's just something that needs to be done. If your college-aged kids think that vacation is about eating (which it is, and they do), then it's also about working.. (at least a little bit)
Here is the actual example of what we have done, are doing, and will be doing THIS week.
You can download your own chart right here:
It is a PDF, so you'll have to print it out and fill it in.
Here's how we define the chores on the chart.
Dishes: This means loading and hand washing. There is often two people on this chore for the day. I will often let the minions decide how they want to divide it up. Oh, and don't forget to dump the drain goo.
Unload: This mean unloading the dishwasher AND putting away all hand washed items.
After meal: This means putting all the food away, wiping off tables, counters, stovetop, etc. sweeping, and taking out the trash and replacing the bag.
Frequently asked questions
Does your family like this? Not at first. Anytime loss of privileges are felt, there is rebellion. But soon they will get hungry, and if one does not work, one does not eat. In general, I think people like to know what is expected of them, and that is a good thing.
Who fills in the chart? Usually Mom, but you can assign a sibling. When I was growing up, I had to make the chart and fill in the names. I was usually the butt-kicker to make sure everyone did their jobs. Happy childhood.
Who makes sure the chart gets done? Dad. Dad is in charge of turning off the internet or taking the car keys or other extreme measures if teenagers do not obey.
Are you for hire? Absolutely. For the price of food and transportation, I will be your butt-kicker.
Now go have a good holiday!